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My Man Doesn’t Have To Have Dangote’s Kind Of Money -Oyindamola Sanni

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Oyindamola Sanni is an up and coming actress with an enviable scorecard in the movie industry. With a chain of movie roles to her credit, she has also produced two movies with the third set to be released soon. She spoke about life as an actress and a movie producer in this interview.

Some people seek the movie industry while it finds others, what was your case?

Mine is a blend of both. I was discovered by a Nollywood director while doing comedy skits with a girl group called Black Citizen.

For you, which is better between the English and Yoruba movie industry?

I don’t have a preference. I do both English and Yoruba movies. It is more about the script actually, and not about it being a Yoruba or English movie set. There are a lot of English movies that have been done but don’t have any sense. They just shoot because they want to shoot. It is not that there is any moral in the story, and there are some Yoruba movies that are very meaningful. For me, it depends on the storyline. Most times, when people call me for a movie, I am always interested in the storyline. I ask for the script, I go through it; I don’t just jump on movies.

Have you gotten to that level in your career where the storyline supersedes the pay?

Yes.

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How many years have you put into the industry?

I have put in two years, and I am still counting.

An actress of two years, you must be very ambitious to have gotten that level so quickly.

It’s not about that. When you are building a career, you have to know what you want, so that when you look back years later, you don’t ask yourself ‘why did I do this and that?’

Who are the producers that have impressed you?

There are indeed producers who you don’t ask questions from because you know that they are going to do a good job. I am talking of people like Kunle Afolayan, he is a good producer, and I am looking forward to working with him. There is also Kayode Peters, Tope Oshin and Desmond Elliot, although I have not worked with him before. These people can’t call me and I will be looking for their script because I know that they won’t disappoint me.

What caucus do you belong to in the Yoruba movie industry?

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I belong to the Tunde Anjola group, but it is not like it is a caucus. He was the one that introduced me to the Yoruba movie industry.  People didn’t know me, and it would have been hard for them to invest or believe in me, but he had faith in me and started using me for his jobs, and when people started seeing me and what I could do, they started inviting me to their set.  It is not that I belong to any caucus. I don’t belong to him in the real sense of it because we did not sign any document, I did not go to any school; I just started working with him. I work more often with him, and he also directed my movies.

How easy is it to produce a movie in the Yoruba industry?

It is not like it is easy. It is about your determination and your passion. If you have the money, you can do it. It is not like I have all the money in the world, but I know that I have to sell myself. When you produce a movie, you wait for the profit and use it to produce another movie. If you want a more quality one, you invest a little more into what you got from the last effort.

Is there a man bankrolling your productions?

I would rather not answer that question.

How do you finance the movies you produce?

I do a lot of other things. I am an entrepreneur and I run an online store where we sell female clothes, bags, and other things. The fact is that when you want to do something and you have families, friends, and loved ones, they will support you. It is not like you want to buy Brazilian hair. If you tell people that you have this amount of money and you need to balance it up, they will help you.

Why do Nollywood actresses tend to be more prosperous than their male counterparts?

Personally, I think that it is all about the issue of endorsement. Most times, it is easier for women to get endorsements. For instance, skincare, it is easier to use a woman for the endorsement compared to using a man.  A female celebrity also tends to have more followers than their male counterparts, so brands will prefer to work with the ladies in the industry. Of course, they want people to buy their products more, so they will look out for those who have more followers. That is why females have an edge over their men counterparts.

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Tell us about the movie you have produced.

The first movie I produced was titled Omo Lere. It was motivated by my surroundings. I wrote the story myself. The second movie I produced was Eniafe. Although Eniafe was my story, it was not written by me.

How do you manage the male attention that comes from producers, directors, marketers, and actors?

You just have to be careful and apply diplomacy especially when it involves those who are your senior colleagues, those who are producers and directors, except you want to be stuck in one place. You have to apply diplomacy, you just can’t reject everything. I am not saying that you have to be wayward, but you have to apply diplomacy. That is what keeps me going. You laugh with people when it is necessary and you know when to cut it.

Are you saying that it is possible for an actress to get stagnated if you don’t relate well with the right people?

Yes, it is possible.

You are single and pretty, are you searching?

I am single, but not searching. I am not taken.

What kind of man do you like?

As you grow, your taste changes. Before, it used to be the physical man; it used to be the usual tall, dark, and handsome man. But at the moment, it is somebody that is understanding, especially because of the kind of job I do. He has to be very understanding, he has to be caring. The physical aspect also matters too because I can’t be walking with one person and be admiring another person. He has to have potentials too, I don’t like lazy people, and he has to be hardworking. He doesn’t have to have all the money that Dangote has, but he has to be hardworking. He also has to be God-fearing, I am a church girl.

Is marriage in the picture anytime soon?

I can’t say, it’s in God’s hands, I told you that I am single earlier. You know that before you get married you have to start somewhere. I am focused on my career first.

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I Will Soon Release A Movie Bigger Than Osofia In London-Nkem Owoh

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Comic thespian and movie producer, Nkem Owoh, qualifies in all ramifications to be tagged a veteran of the Nigerian make-believe industry. Famed for highly successful movies such as Osofia In London, Stronger Than Pain, Ghana Music Go, and more recently Chief Daddy and Lion Heart, the actor spoke about his retirement from the movie industry, making a flick bigger than Osofia In London and what he hopes to fall back to after retirement in this interview with Lukmon Akintola.

You have been shooting movies with younger actors and actresses in recent times, how does it feel?

It feels good particularly when they think that you are retired, but other people are saying that you are still relevant. It feels good.

Are you really retired?

I am about to retire, but young movie producers are not allowing me to retire. And that shows that I am still relevant. When the younger generation says come we still need you, it means that there is still something in you that they cherish.

What has kept you going in the movie industry?

It is the ace, the ability to remain relevant that makes moviemakers still call me to come and work with them. That is what is still making me relevant in the industry. Moviemakers calling me shows that what we have done and what we are still doing is creating a very big and positive impact on younger generations. So, they calling me makes it look like they are grabbing something from what we have initiated and what we are doing.

You acted in some of the biggest flicks in the Nigerian movie industry; do you still have any major plan?

Now that we are almost at the retirement age, it is young producers who have to do creative things, and bring us in. To be honest with you, since we started this Nollywood thing and I happen to be one of the pioneers of the industry, I think we have done our own part. At least, when I look around and I see what Nollywood has become, it makes me happy. I will like to see more, but it is on the younger generations to create things that will involve us so that we can show the part of ourselves that has not been unveiled.

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Are you satisfied with the crop of actors in the movie industry presently?

No, you cannot be satisfied with all of them. I am not satisfied with all of the things in the movie industry, but I don’t try to throw blames at them because of the situation of things in the country. Everybody is looking for how to feed. So, they try their hands here, they try their hands there. And until things start to stabilise, and people start to go to their own discipline things cannot be better. Some of them who do not have the talent to come into the entertainment industry are there. But if you have the talent, you have it in you. Just like me, I studied Engineering, but now I am in the entertainment industry. That means that there is a spark in me that entertains people. But because of the economic situation of the country and everything, people jump into what they are not supposed to get into, and that is why I said that I will not blame them. But I am not happy that up till now people haven’t found out where they belong.

What is your take on the movie industry?

I give them kudos for the state of the industry. If I check Hollywood and Bollywood, it took them a very long time to get to the stage they are now, but in a very short time, we are shooting the guns and people are hearing.

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Can you tell us what you hope to fall back to after retirement?

Well, the thing is that I have already established one or two things. I have a school now; there are other things that I have. I have some private businesses even outside the shores of this country. So, I am too busy as it is, but if producers say that I am relevant, and they call me to act in a movie, I will always come.

When most actors retire, they end up setting up production outfits, is that your plan too?

I had a production company as far back as 2008. I have a studio, and as a matter of fact, the camera we used to shoot ‘Osofia In London’ was my camera. So, I have been established a long time ago. But as things are coming, you begin to retreat for other people to have space. If you continue to stay there, then you are trying to eat into other people’s time.

Tell us about your next big project.

There is something coming out very soon, but I won’t let the cat out of the bag. There is something in the offing now, and when it comes, it is going to be bigger than ‘Osofia In London’.

Please give us a hint about what it would be like?

It is going to be a blend of both international and local collaboration, just like ‘Osofia In London’. I know that you want me to give you more information, but this is a cliff-hanger, and we in the entertainment and drama industry like to leave cliff-hangers. When you get there, you will begin to anticipate, and that would arouse you and arouse people around you.

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How Odunlade Adekola, Dayo Amusa, Others Stormed Premiere Of “Omoniyun”

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What many originally perceived as a rush for the usual Black Friday sale quickly breathe a different meaning when several people and celebrities like Iyabo Ojo, Sotayo, Bimbo Thomas, Toyin Alausa, Odunlade Adekola, Muyiwa Ademola,  Seilat Adebowale and many other superstars startomo to troop in all-dressed clothes from the 1980s on Friday, November 29, 2019 at Ozone Cinemas in Yaba in the bustling city of Lagos for the Premiere of Dayo Amusa’s Psychological Thriller, Omoniyun.

Omoniyun

Set in 1987, Omoniyun is the story of a community nurse with unrivalled love for children and her radical fiancé, FIJABI, who wrestles a protected tyrannical prince, SODEKE, and his desperate loyalists, ELEMIDE and ROMILUYI, who threaten blood and death over the fate of a violated minor, FIYINFOLU, in a war that piques Human Rights against Tradition.

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The proper film Premiere started at exactly 7:00 PM three hours after a musical performance from the Producer, Dayo Amusa.  A section of the red carpet looked like a picturesque scene ripped from a 1978 album of a sitting room; a land phone sits comfortably beside a gramophone and a well-cushioned loveseat.  When asked why the Producer had to go this far in premiering a movie on girl child advocacy, she simply said, ‘because every child is as precious as coral beads and must always be treated so.’

 

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The eventful day was crowned with an energetic after party at the cinemas’ groovy Silver Café Club.

 

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Gbenro Ajibade Confirms Divource With Osas Ighodaro

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Thespian, Gbenro Ajibade, has revealed that he has parted ways with estranged wife, Osas Ighodaro.

The couple who got married in 2017, have been estranged for a while owing to marital disputes..

Gbenro Ajibade and Osas Ighodaro when the going was good

However, the actor opened up on the real status of his relationshiolp with the mother of his daughter in an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on RubbinMinds, a talk show on Channels Television.

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Asked about the status of his marriage and the rumour making the rounds about his it, Ajibade stated that  he was not separated but divorced, adding he and his ex-wife parted ways a while ago.

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